Last month we spent a week in Menorca in the resort of Cala N’Bosch. Menorca is perfect for families, it’s a small island, not too built up and relatively quiet.

We stayed at the Paradise Club &Spa which is part of the Mar Hotels Chain, we decided to stay there because of the facilities, and also because it is very close to the marina and the beach.

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Pools

The hotel had 3 pools, one of them a splash pool, which is where we spent most of our time, a big one suitable for families and a “quiet” one.

The splash pool was of course the most popular one and it’s where the kids wanted to be all day. My kids especially enjoyed being there towards the end of the day, when they switched off the water slides and it was a bit quieter.

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Food

Pre children we would have never contemplated the idea of going all inclusive but these days it’s the ideal option for us.

The food from the buffet was excellent, quite a big choice for everybody and they even had a chocolate fountain one evening much to the kids delight.

For those that didn’t want to have lunch in the restaurant, there was a burger bar next to one of the pools.

Being all inclusive meant the kids could have as many ice creams, drinks and of course slush as they wanted

Kids

The hotel’s kids club was run by Thomas Cook, they had two different groups  3 –7 and 8 -11. The kids went nearly every day to at least one session and they really enjoyed it, this meant we had 2 and a half hours to ourselves.

The hotel also had it’s own entertainment  with daily activities for children and adults

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Negatives

We had a one bedroom apartment which was big enough for the 4 of us, but it was a bit dated, the bathroom had a bath with a shower and it also had a separate shower which always flooded the floor whenever we used it.

There were also too many sun loungers around the pools, so many that you couldn’t really walk around them. I guess it’s probably not very nice in high season when it’s very busy and everybody is on top of each other.

Overall it was a fantastic holiday, we all really enjoyed ourselves and the kids keep asking when are we going back again

Would we go back to the same place? Definitely, although I’d like to try and explore a different part of the island.

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Have you been to Menorca? Did you like it? What other resorts in Menorca do you recommend?

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This is my little baby today too excited to go to bed after spending the weekend at his grandparents. He is exhausted but so full of life and excitement, all giggles and excuses to delay bedtime.

He is a little charmer that gets away with too many things  thanks to that gorgeous smile.
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When it comes to Spanish fashion Zara is probably the first name that comes to mind  but Spain has always be a very important textile producer country and there  are many other successful brands

There are many Spanish children brands that are doing really well worldwide but for some reason they are not so well known in the UK, not sure why but I guess price might be an important factor

I will be introducing you here to some of my favourites

Zara Kids

Zara is one of the biggest retailers in the world with over 5,000 stores in 85 countries, they are part of the Inditex group and as mentioned above they are probably the best known brand of all the ones I am listing here.

Zara’s strategy involves stocking very little and updating collections quite often, and unlike other brands that only update once a season, Zara restocks with new designs twice a week.

They offer on trend collections at an affordable price

Their ranges go from newborn to 14 years. I personally love their Mini collection 0 – 9 months

TUC TUC

TucTuc was founded in 1994 and they have 59 shops worldwide. They do not seem to have any presence in the UK or sell through any retailers here.  They were pioneers in online shopping, launching their online shop in 2009 when not many other Spanish brands were doing it.

Originality, colour of their designs and their excellent quality are their main selling points.

Tuc Tuc also have a nursery and accessories range which is quite popular in Spain.

My youngest son used to get lot’s of compliments on a a lovely Tuc Tuc jacket he had when he was a baby, it was gorgeous and very colourful

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MAYORAL

Probably one of the few Spanish brands known in the UK. They don’t have shops here but they are stocked by a some online retailers.

Mayoral was founded in 1941 so it has a long history in Spain, I remember wearing their clothes as a little girl. Their clothes are absolutely beautiful and are of great quality.

Look at the pictures below, aren’t they gorgeous?

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NANOS

Nanos is the most expensive of the 4 brands mentioned here.

They are the only Spanish children’s brand stocked in Harrods and they have a stand alone shop in Notting Hill. They dress royalty and celebrities and their clothes are very smart, they also have a “special occasions” range with outfits suitable for weddings, first communions, etc.nanos3

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What do you think of these brands? Do you know any of them? Which one do you like? Do you like Spanish children clothes?

 

 

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I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago, when we had a family meet up. The kids had a wonderful afternoon, they played with their cousins, enjoyed the sunshine, ran around in the park and generally loved the freedom of being in an open space.

This is my 5 year old fooling around with his brother’s Koala bear. He looks all grown up yet he is  still so young.

This week I am linking up with the “Living Arrows” (Shutterflies). The aim is to take a picture that captures the beauty and magic of childhood in our eyes.

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